Painting the town with Kindess

Dwayne Withers, Mariah Barron, Renee Withers, and Evan Cooper (pictured from left), were four of the Boy Scout volunteers who spent several days last week working on scraping and painting a house in Eagle Grove. Photo by Kim Demory

Many kids spend the dog days of summer jumping into the swimming pool, riding their bikes, hanging out with friends, and playing video games. But a group of Eagle Grove youth gave up some of this free time recently in order to make a difference in our community.

Last week, members of the Eagle Grove Boy Scouts Troop 1059 volunteered to help paint houses in Eagle Grove. It all began with the request of City Administrator Bryce Davis, who according to GoServ Global Executive Director Paul van Gorkom, came to GoServ and asked if the City provided the paint, if they would do the physical labor? He agreed, but spread the opportunity even farther, asking the Eagle Grove Ministerial Association, Grace Evangelical Free Church, the Rotary Club, and the Boy Scouts if they would join forces to accomplish the task more quickly. All groups agreed.

The houses that were selected to receive the volunteer paint jobs were those homes of people who, for a variety of reasons, are unable to do it themselves.

Mariah Barron was one of the young Boy Scout volunteers who came out to help despite the high temperatures last week. She was proud to be a part of the team that made a difference.

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